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MnCUN Honors Volunteer, CU Professional of the Year
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (5/31/13)--The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) recently honored two credit union advocates with its most prestigious awards--Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Credit Union Professional of the Year.

Mark Cummins, left, Minnesota Credit Union Network president/CEO, presents the league's 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award to Verne Palmberg, board treasurer of West Financial CU, Medina, Minn.
Minnesota Credit Union Network's (MnCUN) 2013 Outstanding Professional of the Year was presented by Mark Cummins, left, MnCUN president/CEO, to Jeff Schwalen, president/CEO of Hiway FCU, St. Paul. (Photos provided by Minnesota Credit Union Network)
The awards were presented at a banquet during the MnCUN 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention earlier this month.

This year's Volunteer of the Year is Verne Palmberg of West Financial CU, Medina, Minn. Palmberg has served credit unions as a board member for 22 years, nine of those as board treasurer for West Financial CU.

Palmberg is an influential force for the credit union, leading the push for a successful merger and helping attract community members to a local grocery store credit union branch, said MnCUN.

The 2013 Outstanding Professional of the Year is Jeff Schwalen, president/CEO of Hiway FCU, St. Paul.

During Schwalen's decade at the helm, Hiway FCU has seen a steady rise in membership, assets have increased by $350 million, and the credit union developed a tradition of offering innovative products and services to its members.


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